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Kusturica's extraordinary dramatic black tragicomedy is an epic tale about
love, friendship, betrayal, manipulation and lies.
It is also the first film to deal with the Yugoslav tragedy. It is not a factual account of the conflict but expresses Balkan vitality, energy, humour and the will to survive, set against the complex historical backdrop of the past fifty years in Yugoslavia.
Based on Dusan Kovacevic's story 'Once Upon A Time There Was A Country', the story follows two likeable crooks- Marko, a charmer who manipulates everyone within his reach, and his pal, the foolish but loveable Blacky. The third member of the group is Natalija, an actress of easy virtue with whom they are both in love. The three of them live and take part in a world of self-delusion, deceit and abuse, but one where there is also love and tenderness.
Duration 2 hours 40 minutes (approx)